At Theodore Parker Church, we recognize that adult learning takes myriad forms, not least our time in building relationships with each other. We learn together in worship, in service to our congregation and the world around us.

That said, we also learn in more structured ways! Much of our focus this year and last has been centered in three areas: economic inequality, climate change, and racial justice. Through book groups exploring Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, Debby Irving’s Waking Up White, and All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, we have been challenging ourselves to understand the systems we inhabit.

We have chosen two books for our 2017 “Summer Reads”The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois, first published in 1903, and All About Love: New Visions by the prolific and inspired feminist writer and cultural critic, bell hooks. Our hope is that interspersing hooks’ contemporary search for a love ethic with DuBois’ historical and emotional exploration of black life in America will compliment both texts while giving the readers a dynamic and inspiring experience. Learn more about our “Summer Reads” choices.

Our Racial Justice Task Force has been presenting a series of movies also intended to inform and challenge, including” “Anne Borden: Southern Patriot,” “The Return,” “All the Difference,” and “Dear White People.”

Our Theodore Parker Lecture, in November 2016, featured the Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Associate Minister for Ecological Justice at Bethel African American Episcopal Church, in Jamaica Plain. Her address was entitled The Best is Yet to Come: the Opportunity of the Climate Crisis.

Throughout spring 2017, we are diving into the Book of Genesis at our Thursday morning BYOC/T&B (Bring Your Own Coffee/Tea & Bible), 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall.

And we will be offering a series of Art as Practice events in April, dates tbd.

We are anxious to respond to the needs and curiosities of our community. If there’s something you want to know about, let us know and we’ll see if we can make it happen!